UGEC (no longer in operation)

Downtown Ulaanbataar, Mongolia. Photo: Khasar Sandag / World Bank

Today, more than half of the world's population lives in cities. Understanding how cities can be (re)built in ways that best respond to the constraints and opportunities of global environmental change processes is central for global sustainability.The Urbanization and Global Environmental Change (UGEC) project seeks to better our understanding of the regional and global implications of urbanization and the complex dynamic systems of urban areas that affect and are affected by global environmental change. The project fosters trans-disciplinary research and the development of innovative conceptual and methodological frameworks to expand and improve our knowledge of these interactions.  UGEC facilitates the cooperation and exchange of scientific knowledge among researchers, decision-makers, practitioners, and other end-users at the international, national and local levels in urban areas.

UGEC originated as a core project of  IHDP (International Human Dimensions Programme). The UGEC International Project Office is hosted by The Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University. UGEC became a core project of Future Earth in April 2015. The project ceased operations in 2017.

UGEC website

UGEC Viewpoints Blog


Twitter: @ugecproject

Key contacts

Corrie Griffith

Executive OfficerUGEC - Urbanization and Global Environmental Change+1 (480) 965 6771

Professor Karen C. Seto

Co-Chair, Scientific Steering CommitteeUGEC - Urbanization and Global Environmental Change

Mark Watkins

Project CoordinatorUGEC - Urbanization and Global Environmental Change+1-480-727-7833